Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition
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2017 Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions

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Wednesday, November 8

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast, Welcome Remarks and Housekeeping 

8:35 am – 9:05 am


  • Matt McClory, Senior Principal Engineer, Toyota Motor North America

9:10 am – 9:55 am

Successful trends enabling the growth of the worldwide fuel cell industry  

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Infrastructure Development in California, the United States, & the World

A dynamic hydrogen infrastructure is emerging in California, and stations are expanding now to the Northeast United States.  Other countries around the world are making strides in hydrogen fueling as well. Hear from the leading developers and hydrogen suppliers putting these stations on the ground on their experiences and lessons learned at the forefront of these developments.

  • 10:00 am - 10:15 am: Dave Edwards, Director of Technology Partnerships, Air Liquide 
  • 10:15 am - 10:30 am: Michael Beckman, Vice President - West Market & Alternative Energy, Linde LLC

10:45 am – 11:00 am - Short break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

From a Utility/Customer Perspective

Fuel cells have moved from laboratories to the mainstream, with a growing list of corporate and municipal customers adopting the technology to power headquarters, data centers, substations, universities, warehouse vehicles, and more. Hear from buyers about what drives their purchase decisions and how fuel cells fit into the overall sustainability picture.

  • 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Dr. Lola Infante, Sr. Director, Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, Edison Electric Institute
  • 11:15 am - 11:30 am: John Onderdonk, Director, Sustainability Programs, California Institute of Technology
  • 11: 30 am - 11:45 am: Dr. Noah Meeks, Senior Research Engineer, Southern Company Services, Inc.

Thursday, November 9

8:00 am - 8:15 breakfast

8:15 am – 8:45 am

Honda introduction

8:45 am – 9:10 am

  • Daniel Simmons, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Sunita Satyapal, Director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

A View from Coast to Coast

Policymakers and officials from both California, Northeast and rest of U.S. discuss the challenges and opportunities created by the deployment of fuel cells and the hydrogen infrastructure.

9:15 am – 10:00 am

California Panel

  • Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director of ZEV Infrastructure, Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
  • Janea A. Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
  • Annette Hebert, Division Chief, Emissions Compliance, Automotive Regulations and Science Division, California Air Resources Board

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Northeast/U.S. Panel

  • Daniel Sieger, Assistant Secretary for Environment, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Anne Gobin, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Air Management, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Glen Andersen, Energy Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • David Terry, Executive Director of National Association of State Energy Officials

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Policy Landscape - Where We Stand

With change in the air in Washington, leading government and policy experts offer a comprehensive review of the latest developments and potential future impacts on the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and your organization.

  • Erin Lane, Principal, Cascade Associates
  • Bree Raum, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, American Gas Association (AGA)
  • Gerard L. Conway, Jr, General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Plug Power 
  • Bud DeFlaviis, Government Affairs Director, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)